WinCo opens largest area supermarket in Federal Way

"When WinCo Foods opened Monday Federal Way became host to the Seattle area's largest supermarket.The 75,760-square-foot grocery store, decorated in bright orange, opened its doors to the public Monday morning. More than 100 customers perused the $8 million facility.WinCo Foods president and CEO William D. Long said Federal Way was the right choice for the company's newest store because of its strong sense of community, and an ideal customer base - middle income working families. Federal Way has all these things, Long said. It's an ideal location for this store, we're excited.The store features long, extended aisles with a variety of supermarket items, from canned vegetables to bar supplies and mixes. Also included are four aisles of bulk food ranging from three types of wheat flour to cookies and candy. WinCo Foods store manager John Collier says the store differs from other area supermarkets by offering a larger selection of national brand name foods. We provide customers with the widest selection of national brands, Collier said. We have great variety and great selection and that's been our goal.Selection of food isn't the only hook WinCo is hoping to catch customers with.We also offer everyday low prices, Collier said. Here, prices are low to begin with.Operating 24 hours a day, WinCo managers say they're ready for a crowd of customers at any time. The store has 16 checkstands capable of handling two customers at once. Collier said checkers on average can move 400 to 500 customers through lines in an hour.The overall plan for the WinCo site is still in development. Plans call for an additional 15,000-square-foot retail building that may include a restaurant and other small shops. The addition of the space will add to WinCo's employment pool in Federal Way, which hovers at about 170 employees.WinCo Foods operates 32 stores in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The company is employee-owned, meaning workers may hold shares of common stock. About 72 percent of the company is held by employees. ----------------Food for thoughtHours of operation: 24 hours a day.Payment: Cash, check and debit. Credit is not accepted.Checkstands: There are 16. Customers bag their own groceries.Location: 106 SW Campus Drive, Federal Way.Building size: 75,760 square feet, with an additional 15,000 square feet of retail space planned to develop. There are 424 parking spaces.Employees: About 170.Store manager: John Collier, 17-year WinCo employee."

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